Second-half surge powers No. 14 Union to 107-82 AAC win

BARBOURVILLE, Ky. – K.J. Duronslet recorded his ninth double-double of the season in leading No. 14 Union College to a 107-82 Appalachian Athletic Conference (AAC) victory over visiting Columbia International University (S.C.) on Wednesday.

The win improves the Bulldogs to 19-6 overall and 14-4 in the AAC, while the Rams fall to 14-11 overall and 9-10 in conference play.

Four Bulldogs scored in double figures with Duronslet setting the pace with a season-high 30 points, putting him one shy of his career-high.


Union never trailed but had a time of shaking Columbia International in the first half. The Bulldogs opened the game 4-for-4 from the floor in racing to a 9-0 lead. Yet, the Rams rallied and tied the score twice with the final time coming at 26-all with 9:06 to go in the period.

The Bulldogs steadily began to give themselves some breathing room, taking a 47-35 advantage following back-to-back buckets from DeMarkus Loman. Union went on to take a 48-40 halftime lead.

The second half was all Union as it opened play with a 31-5 stretch in building a 79-45 cushion at the 12:50 mark. Columbia International never got the margin below 22 the rest of the way as Union walked with the 107-82 victory.


Duronslet hit 11-of-16 shots and sank 8-of-9 free throws in posting his game-high 30 points. He also hauled in a game-high 13 rebounds for his ninth double-double. The senior also had four assists, two steals, and a block.


The Bulldogs dominated the glass, outrebounding the Rams 47-29. This marks the eighth time this season Union has posted a rebounding advantage of 10 or more.


Joining Duronslet in double figures are Lance Blakley (19 points), Derek Morgan (18 points), and Loman (10 points).

Morgan connected on 7-of-10 shots from the floor.

Blakley and Loman matched their season-high for assists with six apiece.

Union hit 54.9 percent (39-of-71 shots) from the field and connected on 22-of-30 (73.3 percent) free throws.

Columbia International shot nearly as well from the 3-point line (10-for-20) as it did from the foul line (14-of-24).

This marks the sixth time this season Union cracked the century mark.


Union travels to Reinhardt University (Ga.) on Saturday for another AAC affair. Game time is set for 4 p.m.

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